Donald Algernon FLAVEL


FLAVEL, Donald Algernon

Service Number: 416663
Enlisted: 16 August 1941, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Flying Officer
Last Unit: No. 1 Operational Training Unit (RAAF) Nhill, Bairnsdale, East Sale
Born: Gladstone, South Australia, 1 October 1918
Home Town: Gladstone, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Accidental (air crash), Eskdale, Victoria, 4 June 1945, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Sale Public (and War) Cemetery, Victoria
Plot B, Row D, Grave 1
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bairnsdale Royal Australian Air Force Memorial, Gladstone Town Hall WW2 Roll of Honour, Gladstone War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

16 Aug 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Aircraftman 2 (WW2), SN 416663, Adelaide, South Australia
4 Jun 1945: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Flying Officer, SN 416663, No. 1 Operational Training Unit (RAAF) Nhill, Bairnsdale, East Sale
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Joseph Albert Flavel  and Eva Townsend; husband of Dulcie Merle Flavel of Bathurst, NSW. Brother of Kevin Townsend Flavel, Malcolm Fred Flavel, Phyllis Jean Flavel and Valda Dawn Flavel

Plane involved was Beaufort A9 228 crashed about 15 miles from Eskdale, Victoria. It was on  night operational training

2 July 1945 - a letter was sent to his wife stating the the plane wreckage had not been located and Donald was still listed as missing. The letter further stated that it had crashed in heavy scrub and was not seen from the air and that it was hoped that a land search may be more fruitful